Last Thursday I got a notification on my phone from WordPress. I checked it and was stunned to find that I had been nominated for the Valiant Blogger Award by the wonderful Anika over at ihaveabadsenseofhumor! I must say I was pretty shocked to be chosen for an award so early, if at all to be honest! Nonetheless I am extremely grateful and will be glad to accept it!
These are the rules:
- Post the award on your blog.
- Provide a link to the Hall of Valor.
- In 200 words or less, share about the greatest challenge in your life and how you got though it
- Give one piece of advice to people who are struggling with something in their life.
- Then nominate a new blogger for the award.
I hereby provide thee with a link to the Hall of Valor!! Go check out some of these amazing blogs!!
Ok, 200 words or less will be a serious task for me… I will change this up a little bit following a journal prompt I used last night where I had to write a letter to my 15 year old self and hopefully there will be enough in this to discuss one of my greatest challenges, as well as advice to others who may also be struggling with anxiety.
Dear 15 Year Old Me,
You are about to enter a very turbulent time in life. No class you have ever had has taught you how to prepare for or deal with this, but don’t worry; no matter how bleak your days become, no matter how numb you feel, and no matter how all consuming things can get, you will survive it!
There will be times when others won’t be able to see your suffering, and therefore won’t believe it. You’ll be made a fool of by people you think are your friends. There will be times when you feel completely alone, even when you’re surrounded by people, but you need to keep moving forward no matter what.
What’s worst of all is that you are going to lose all sense of self-worth. You’re going to experience suicidal ideation but, don’t worry, you’ll always be too scared to do anything about it.
You were not born to live a life of suffering, so do not let what you have just read terrify you. Instead, let it be a catalyst for you to discover how to self-soothe, and for learning about how worthy you are.
You are going to fall in love with the most amazing man of your dreams. He is going to be the person who makes you believe you are worth everything you thought you were not. He will treat you like a queen and will inject your days with fun, childishness, and laughter. His joy, his energy, and his unwavering faith in you will continue to make you strive to be the best version of you that you can possibly be. Love him with all your heart and, when the time is right, don’t ever let him go.
Your friends are your rock. Your soul sisters are irreplaceable. Don’t ever worry about the friends you lose because the ones that are coming are even better for you. Right now, at 28, your friendships are pretty solid. You will never have to explain yourself, you will never be belittled, and you will never ever feel unwanted or unloved. Your friends will accept you, flaws and all, and will love you all the more for them. Don’t ever take them for granted. They are amazing people and you need to remind them of this regularly because they deserve to know how much you love and worship them.
Don’t take your family for granted either. They’re the only one you’ve got. Your brothers are going to grow up to become two of the most amazing men you’ll know. Their sense of humor will shine through each and every day and you are going to be so proud of them. Love and cherish mom and dad. Let go of any resentment over stupid things like TY and realise that, just like you, they are doing their best. Love them with all your heart because you only have a limited time with everyone on this earth and your relationship with them is one of the most important ones of all. Become friends with them too. They are the only people in the world who will always have your back.
Finally, I have some advice to give you. Read carefully and do exactly as I say if you want to live a panic-attack free life: 1) Meditate, 2) Do Yoga, 3) Practice Gratitude, 4) Run your ass off regularly, and 5) Never Ever stop writing.
Love, 28 Year Old Me xxx
This is definitely over 200 words but given the fact that it is a letter I think you might forgive me! Now, my turn to nominate!!
I would like to nominate the following three blogs for The Valiant Blogger Award:
These are blogs I love to catch up with and hopefully you will enjoy them just as much as I do!